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Early Access Look: Grid Legion, Storm

Early Access Look: Grid Legion, Storm

Card games have been a part of my life since I was five-years-old. My joy for collecting and playing started with Pokémon, grew into Yu-Gi-Oh! and eventually, I made my way to the Magic: The Gathering scene. Now these games support their own digital clients and even new games like Hearthstone have emerged to claim

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At The Mountains of Madness Preview

At The Mountains of Madness Preview

Here’s a tip: If someone asks if you’d like to experience H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness … read the novella. I would like to think that there’s a future for the Early Access game of the same name, but it’s hard to see just what that may be. This is always a tough thing

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Space Pirates And Zombies 2: SPAZ Harder!

Space Pirates And Zombies 2: SPAZ Harder!

The original Space Pirates and Zombies is one of my very favourite indie RPGs, and it’s eaten *snickers* an unhealthy amount of my time over the years. It managed just the right blend of action-based top down shooting, strategy, micromanagement, nerdy RPG mechanics, and ridiculously over-the-top narrative and dialogue. As you can imagine, then, I’ve

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The Kindred: An Early Access Look

The Kindred: An Early Access Look

I feel I should preface this preview article with a note explaining that The Kindred is still under heavy development, and as such, it’s currently very rough around the edges. I found The Kindred to be a difficult game to preview. Not because it isn’t enjoyable or broken, mind you. Rather, it’s that it’s the

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Torment Revisited: A Preview of Tides of Numenera

Torment Revisited: A Preview of Tides of Numenera

Early Access is a fantastic thing for both players and independent or small developers—it keeps players invested (quite literally in the case of crowdfunding) in the game’s development, and gives them direct input into the game’s direction. In reality, it’s pretty much free QA testing for the company, but we love it anyway. Torment: Tides

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Reverence for Retro: Brigador Early Access Look

Reverence for Retro: Brigador Early Access Look

I must confess that Brigador is a game I’ve had my eye on for quite some time now, and I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to do the Early Access sneak peek for Comics Gaming Magazine. From the first time I stumbled upon what was then known as Matador, I knew it would be

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Layers of Fear: Paint, Panic, and Madness

Layers of Fear: Paint, Panic, and Madness

This is an Early Access review. When it came time to review Layers of Fear, it certainly didn’t help that I grew up in a creaky, old, timbered inn built around the turn of the 20 th century. As it happens, that sort of upbringing leaves you rather predisposed to the specific type of terror

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Sim Sea-ty: Windward Preview

Sim Sea-ty: Windward Preview

Commandeering the open sea has long been the template for a seemingly great game. With areas to explore, deals to make, conversations to be had, and combat to engage in, it lends itself well to the mechanics and setup we like to see in games today. Windward takes this idea and twists it in some

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Early Access: Victor Vran

Early Access: Victor Vran

Victor Vran is the latest game being worked on by Bulgaria’s largest game developer Haemimont Games (city-builder Tropico). It also sounds like something that’s come straight out of a marketing department. The game is named after the monster-hunting protagonist, a sort of knock-off Van Helsing with a leather hat and all black getup. Things become

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Early Access: 20XX

Early Access: 20XX

Mega Man Rogue-like? Sure, okay. One thing I love about rogue-likes – games with procedurally generated content designed to kill you and to make you consider resources and strategies in conjunction with repetition – is that you can take nearly every genre and make it fit the themes, and it works. Action games, adventure, RPGs,

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Early Access: H1Z1

Early Access: H1Z1

When I started H1Z1, I immediately checked to see if I had the name right. My understanding is that DayZ had launched as a complete game, and the infamous WarZ had long come and gone. But no, Sony Online Entertainment’s game seems to be real, an early-access zombie survival game. I never played DayZ, so

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